Name of varietal: Furmint

Common synonyms: Most common are Sipon, Mosler, Moslavac Bijeli and Zapfner with dozens more derivations of those spellings.

Parentage of the grape: indigenous to either Hungary or Italy

History of the grape: Exact details of Furmint’s origins are a bit murky. It is known that Hungarian King Bela IV ordered the planting of Furmint after most of the country’s vineyards were devastated by the Mongolian invasion in the 13th century. Whether the grape originated there before or was brought over from northern Italy during this mass replanting is unclear. The name of the grape derives from the word “froment,” part of the Latin “fromentum,” meaning “wheat,” (referring to its golden-tan color). What we know for sure is this is the primary blending grape of the spectacular Hungarian dessert wine, Tokaji (along with a small percentage of Harslevelue and sometimes Muscat). Its thin skins make it highly susceptible to Botrytis cinerea Read more »

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  • I actually know most of the wines. And I'd go with Hungarian wine since ... the fish too, as would the Furmint. Sauska is really based in Villány, on the other side of Hungary, but he has property in Tokaj too. He lived in the US for a while and worked with the Dept of Defense for a time before he went back to Hungary to establish a winery.For... Read More

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  • Mad Tokaji Furmint Dry 2012


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Tokaji Furmint for a dry white, though I'm not sure what the ideal pairing here is, it would seem hard to go wrong. Villanyi Merlot would be my pick off the list for reds. Crispy roast duck looks nice, maybe better suited for a red Burgundy.Tokaji 5 Puttonyos afterward.Didnt notice this restaurant was in London, bummer.   Read More

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  • Haven't put up one of these in awhile. This time will make things more specific and real, in that you will need to imagine you're hosting a meal at this restaurant in London's Soho. It's something I did a few times during my period of busy London business visits at the end of the '80s through early last decade. The first time I sweated a bit bec... Read More

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  • Botris Late Harvest 2013


    Color of gold and pale AmberThe nose is very elegant, clean and fresh. yellow flowers , tropical fruit and honey, but not too sweet , crisp and juicy but not too acidic. The most interesting is the high level of Vulcanic minerality . The wine is very elegant , balanced and harmonious with charming expression Tokay aftertaste Read More

    Wine review by jcthomas44

  • Evolucio Furmint 2013


    Binny's 5/2016. Not as good as I had hoped. When trying a wine from a new region for me personally, I am always anticipating a block buster. It was a good wine and maybe considering the price I should rate it higher, just not the GREAT find I was pining for. Consumed at our deck party last evening. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Hetszolo Tokaji Aszu 3 Puttonyos 2003


    Wow - a true star of the night. Where as the Kono was reserved and elegant this was forward and seductive. A rich amber in the glass. The bursts with honey, jammy apricot, left over hot caramel toffe, citruss and spice. On the palate this just plain sucks you in. The acidity cuts through the sweetness and with the cinnamon spice provides and cle... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Al, ordering from Limerick Lane is a no-brainer.  The worst LL wine I have ... the reds.  I bought the Furmint, last year, and while it was good, I'd just as soon allocate the $ to red wine this time around.  Translation:  the white wine expert in this house was not impressed with it to the point that she would ask for it.  It's funny.  That sa... Read More

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  • Searching for a new wine grape to spice things up this spring? We’ve got ... you already met? Her name is Furmint, and she hails from Hungary. You may remember Furmint from your last glass of Tokaji, Hungary’s famed sweet wine. As you would suspect, the grape is late-ripening and prone to botrytis. Thus her dry manifestations are all the more ... Read More

    From the article The Next Great Chapter in Your Wine Story: Furmint

  • Evolucio Furmint 2013


    Lovely - crisp, vibrant, bracing. Had this beginning lunch. Medium mouthfeel and weight, but perfect as a starter. Did not have with food, but suspect this one would work wonderfully with food, just as it does alone. For the price or much higher, an incredible value. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Is there anywhere in the United States that sells furmint vines? pavel314@comcast.net

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